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The problem with digital rights management—a view from the US

Published on: 31 August 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • The problem with digital rights management—a view from the US
  • What is DRM and how does it work in practice?
  • What has been the effect of the plethora of smart devices which are now widely available on DRM copyright, has it made it harder to use or repair products (eg DMCA can be invoked to give car manufacturers a monopoly over parts, service and features for them)?
  • What are the constitutional issues underpinning this dispute and how are free speech arguments of this kind engaged with?
  • Has the DCMA been subject to any legal proceedings before, and if so, what was the outcome of these disputes?
  • Would the successful repeal of the law lead to a thawing of technological development by allowing us to more easily reconfigure our technology to meet our needs?
  • Where do you see this area of copyright and design law in the future?

Article summary

IP & IT analysis: The Electronic Frontier Foundation is taking legal action against the US Government over its use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in relation to digital rights management (DRM). John A Arsenault, attorney at Wessels & Arsenault, explains the some of the legal questions surrounding this challenge. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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